Aubameyang: Why I passed up a hat-trick opportunity

EPL By: Ambrose Udeme | 01/04/2018

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal FC

Arsenal's two goals hero in Sunday's Premier League win over Stoke City Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has explained why he passed up the opportunity to score his first Arsenal hat-trick.

Having put Arsenal two goals up earlier in the game, Aubameyang had the opportunity to score his first Premier League hat-trick when Alexandre Lacazette was brought down in the area for Arsenal's second penalty of the afternoon.

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But the Gabon skipper who was the Gunners' elected penalty taker for the game felt he needed to help the returning Frenchman gather some confidence after managing to just one goal in his last 13 league appearances.

"I know Alexandre Lacazette is back and I had scored twice already so I knew it would be good for his confidence."

Saturday's game was Alexandre Lacazette's first since recovering from a knee problem which had kept him out of first-team action since mid-February.

Lacazette who arrived at the Emirates last summer in a then club record fee will hope the goal gives him the needed push ahead of Thursday's UEFA Europa League quarter-final clash against Ahmed Musa's CSKA Moskva.